New cars 2014

Last updated: May 30, 2014

The coming year will be an exciting one for car fans with numerous new models set to go on sale in the next 12 months. We can expect to see the latest hi-tech engines and cars that have been developed with shedding weight in mind, as manufacturers scramble to make models that are cheaper to run.

Technology is also on the up and many new models are available with large touchscreen infotainment systems that can be used for everything from sat-nav, to heater and stereo controls.

Big launches for 2014 include the new Mercedes C-Class executive saloon, the new MINI hatchback, the latest Audi TT, and the seven-seater Nissan X-Trail. For those on a lower budget, the Toyota Aygo is one of three small city cars that share the same parts – the others being new versions of the Peugeot 107 and the Citroen C1.

Major facelifts for existing models include the Ford Focus and the new Nissan Juke. So keep reading for Carbuyer's guide to the best new cars of 2014.

Mercedes C-Class saloon

One of the most talked about new car launches is undoubtedly the new Mercedes C-Class. Tasked with taking on the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4, the new Mercedes comes packed full of technology and has taken a step up in luxury, too. The new car’s interior mirrors the one you’ll find in the top-of-the-range Mercedes S-Class and it comes loaded with kit. The new car brings with it new engines that make the C-Class much more economical. Quick AMG versions are set to join the range shortly and Mercedes will also offer a hybrid version. Read more.

Key points

4.1 / 5
Price 
£26,855 - £35,510

Audi TT Coupe

The current version of Audi’s iconic coupe the Audi TT (pictured) is due to be replaced for the third time, this year. It gets a new chrome grille outside, but more interesting is the 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel, which replaces conventional dials, and allows drivers to customise the display. The car will also be the first to use Audi’s new Multi Media Interface (MMI) to control equipment such as the car’s stereo. Also new are the car’s LED headlights that can stay on full beam without dazzling oncoming traffic. The new car is lighter, quicker, and more frugal than the old model. Read more.

Key points

4.4 / 5
Price 
£29,770 - £50,720

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback

The current Vauxhall Corsa (pictured) will be replaced this year by an all-new model, which looks similar to the Vauxhall Adam. It gets a high-quality cabin, which can be kitted out with one of two infotainment systems that will allow owners to download various apps. The new Corsa will get updated engines – including Vauxhall’s new 1.0-litre petrol – and stop-star technology, for added fuel efficiency. A faster version is set to get the 1.6-litre engine from the Vauxhall Cascada. As with many of its rivals, the new Vauxhall Corsa is set to offer a vast range of customisable options. Read more.

Key points

2.4 / 5
Price 
£8,995 - £17,005

MINI hatchback

The old MINI still led its class in some areas, but that hasn’t stopped BMW building a new one. The latest model is much more economical than the model it replaces and is also quicker. Buyers can choose between cheap-to-run petrols and diesels, as well as the 2.0-litre petrol MINI Cooper S, which has spritely hot hatch performance. Inside, there’s a large centrally mounted screen, but perhaps more important is the larger boot that should prove to be much more useable than the old model’s. The new car keeps the excellent handling of the old MINI and is almost identical to look at. Read more.

Key points

4.1 / 5
Price 
£13,750 - £21,070

Ford Focus hatchback

Unlike some of the cars here, the 2014 Ford Focus is more of a facelifted model than an all-new car. Nonetheless, the new model addresses one of the focus’ biggest problems – non-descript looks. The new car (it’s the old car pictured) is much more striking thanks to a classy chrome grille. It also gets a better quality cabin, kit such as Ford’s SYNC 2 infotainment system, which can read aloud incoming text messages, and a range of new engines. The car’s suspension has also been updated and the Focus should remain the most fun-to-drive model in its class. Read more.

Key points

4.2 / 5
Price 
£13,995 - £33,580

Nissan X-Trail SUV

The hotly anticipated new Nissan X-Trail is another car scheduled for launch in 2014. It gets sleek new looks, much like the 2013 Nissan Qashqai, and a hugely improved interior, with equipment such as a touchscreen display, Bluetooth and cruise control. The X-Trail’s now the only Nissan SUV available with seven seats, and also gets a grippy four-wheel-drive system that can switch to two-wheel drive to save fuel. That, and kit like stop-start technology, mean the new X-Trail will be far more economical than the old version. Read more.

Key points

4.2 / 5
Price 
£22,995 - £30,995

Renault Twingo hatchback

Renault’s aging Twingo (pictured) is also set for replacement and it could be one of the more revolutionary models to go on sale in 2014. The new Renault Twingo has a rear-mounted engine, to free up more space in the passenger compartment, and rear-wheel drive that means it has an extremely tight turning circle. Buyers can choose between two engines – with 69bhp or 89bhp – which should return close to 70mpg and qualify for free road tax. Expect the Twingo to come with plenty of options, for customisable looks, and there is also talk of a quick Renaultsport version. Read more.

Key points

2.4 / 5
Price 
£10,715

Nissan Juke SUV

The facelifted Nissan Juke (pictured here) is set to arrive in June. The new car is much more customisable than the current model and buyers can choose to spec colour inserts for the wheels, as well as various exterior packs. The 2013 Juke gets a new 1.2-litre petrol engine that replaces the current car’s 1.6-litre engine and boasts higher economy and lower CO2 emissions, for cheaper running costs. The new model gets a revised sat-nav system, as well as options such as a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, and safety assist. Read more.

Key points

3.6 / 5
Price 
£13,420 - £21,420

Toyota Aygo city car

The new Toyota Aygo is based on revised versions of the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108. The new car gets an updated version of the old car’s engine – so it will be even more economical – and Toyota has worked hard to make the new car quieter on the motorway. More obvious are the striking new looks and the X-grille front end that arguably make the Aygo the best looking of the trio. Interior space is also up and the Aygo gets a bigger boot and optional technology such as a seven-inch touchscreen, with sat-nav, which can be combined with a host of new apps. Read more.

Key points

3.2 / 5
Price 
£8,595 - £12,395

Skoda Fabia hatchback

The new Skoda Fabia uses the same structure as the current Volkswagen Golf, albeit a shortened version, and will share its parts with the new SEAT Ibiza and the Volkswagen Polo. The Skoda gets a host of economical engines that should reduce running costs significantly, without affecting performance. Expect the new model to get more space, lots of new kit, and a more refined cabin. Central to the car’s interior will be a new infotainment system, with the option to spec sat-nav. The fast Skoda Fabia vRS is likely to be dropped on the new model. Read more.

Key points

4.3 / 5
Price 
£8,995 - £15,700

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